More Than a Million Hens Filling Barns at Three Per Square Foot and Yes, They’re USDA Organic

Pete and Gerry’s was featured in an article from the Washington Post about USDA organic eggs and how they are produced.

“The vast majority of small “organic” egg farms in the United States do allow their hens outside. For example, all the farms that produce eggs for the Pete and Gerry’s brand are required to let their hens out.

‘We think that’s what consumers expect of organic eggs,’ said Jesse Laflamme, co-owner and chief executive at Pete and Gerry’s Organics.”

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Jesse Laflamme Interview – New Hampshire Chronicle WMUR ABC

Watch an interview with CEO Jesse Laflamme on the New Hampshire Chronicle! Jesse talks about the book written by Pete and Gerry’s about organic egg farming. He also talks about how Pete and Gerry’s was the first organic egg farm in the industry.

Excuse Me, Why Do ‘Medium’ Eggs Exist?

In an article published by bonappetit.com Alex Beggs explains why medium eggs exist.

“So I called up Jesse LaFlamme, the chief executive farmer of Pete and Gerry’s organic eggs. Yes, I too was disappointed his name was neither Pete nor Gerry. (Okay, Gerry is Jesse’s father). He told me that medium eggs are typically from younger hens. They’re the hen’s first round, so to speak, so they’re smaller and have a thicker shell. He even thinks they might have a tastier yolk, but he admits, “that might be in my head.” Things get a bit scrambled in there. Too much? Sorry.”

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How Big Food Wants the FDA to Define “Healthy”

A recent article published by vitals.lifehacker.com explains how any food companies find the FDA’s definition of “healthy” to be out dated and are pushing for them to redefine what healthy really means, which is good news for the egg industry.

Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs: “As the owner [of] Pete & Gerry’s Organics LLC, a Certified Humane, free-range, network of small family farms, it’s not often that I see eye to eye with the [United Egg Producers], as we disagree on farming practices. Where we do agree is that eggs are a very healthy food.”

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The 7 Best Clean Dairy and Dairy-Free Products

Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs was named in one of the 7 Best Clean Dairy and Dairy-Free Products by cleaneatingmag.com.

“These top-quality, grade-A eggs come from free-range, certified-humane hens fed with 100% organic feed. $6, peteandgerrys.com for where to buy.”

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Organic’s New Animal Welfare Standards Are In Jeopardy

A recent article on forbes.com explains that the new organic welfare standards my be in jeopardy as the USDA announced important amendments to its animal welfare standards for organic livestock and poultry.

“Most companies operating under the USDA organic logo are also in favour of these new standards. Perdue Farms, the largest broiler chicken producer in America, supports the new standards as they plan to expand their organic business in the coming years. Pete & Gerry’s, the largest organic egg producer in the US, is already in compliance with the new rules.”

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NH business concerned about changes to organic food rules

In a recent article by John Koziol on UnionLeader.com, Jesse Laflamme, CEO of Pete and Gerry’s discusses Donald Trump’s recent promise of an across-the-board rollback of government regulations, especially one that would further define the word “organic” and bring more attention to the care of laying hens.

“The bottom line is that consumers could become confused about what a truly “organic” egg is. Pete and Gerry’s could lose market share if cage-free eggs are allowed to be produced on an industrial scale by companies that might meet the technical definition of organic, but not the spirit.”

“The rules are part of the voluntary opt-in for egg producers who want to be certified organic, and because they are voluntary, they have been praised in the past by Republican lawmakers as examples of ‘good regulations’.”

With a constantly growing egg industry, Pete and Gerry’s plans to rely on marketing to showcase the story and values of our company.

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Pete and Gerry’s Unveils Hard-Boiled Egg Pouches

In an article published by groceryheadquarters.com, Lindsey Wojcik discusses Pete and Gerry’s Hard-Boiled Organic Eggs that are now offered in a resealable, portable pouch which are great for healthy snacking.

Pete and Gerry’s Organic eggs are available at more than 9,600 retail locations, coast to coast. The egg producer has Certified B-Corporation status, and the company’s Certified Humane, Free Range eggs have grown as consumer demand for more ethically sourced eggs has driven the category, officials add. “

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How Pete & Gerry’s cage-free eggs are a model for other small farmers

In a recent article Tonya Garcia of marketwatch.com explains how Pete and Gerry’s cage free eggs can be a good model for other business to follow.

“In addition to providing customers with high-quality eggs, according to Laflamme, Pete & Gerry’s wants to provide its small farmers with a livelihood, which has become increasingly difficult in the face of jumbo-sized agricultural companies. (Executives at Monroe, N.H.-based Pete & Gerry’s also express a desire to bring back a way of farming that’s focused on the animals and the environment.)”

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Organic Chickens Get More Room To Roam

In a recent article published by npr.org, Dan Charles explains just how much space should be provided for an organic hen to live.

“According to the new rules, farmers must provide at least one square foot of outdoor space for each 2.25 pounds of poultry in their flock. According to Jesse Laflamme, CEO of Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs, that translates to about two square feet per egg-laying hen, or about an acre for a flock of 20,000.”

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